Daniel Hemel on Why the California Law Requiring Tax Returns for the Primary Ballot Won't Force Trump's Hand

Why California’s plan to get Trump’s tax returns won’t work

California’s governor signed a law this week requiring presidential candidates to disclose their federal income tax returns as a condition for getting on the state’s primary ballot. It’s a bold and creative move aimed at forcing President Trump to release his tax filings — one that a handful of other blue states are considering.

It’s also highly unlikely to work as intended.

The obstacles to the law’s effectiveness are both legal and practical. Courts may well strike down the law on constitutional grounds. But even if the law passes constitutional muster (a big “if”), it lacks the teeth to make Trump comply.

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